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Dear Diary,

This week, we returned from our summer vacation–a Caribbean cruise with lots of family, fun and food. So many meals, I’m counting calories and debating whether or not to do a cleanse! The ship offered every food we could crave. Caitlynn and I snacked on sushi, chomped on chicken curry and drooled over desserts, which were delivered directly to our cabin! Before we ate, we thanked God for our bountiful blessings.


I know all kids aren’t as fortunate when it comes to food. Back home in Pittsburgh, one in five children struggle with hunger, and only 47 percent of kids who eat free/reduced price lunch at school also eat breakfast there. Denny’s is trying to change that.


Now through October 2nd, Denny’s restaurants nationwide will join the fight to end childhood hunger with all proceeds going directly to No Kid Hungry. Through No Kid Hungry, every $1 donation provides a child with 10 healthy meals. So every penny counts!

To thank diners who donate, Denny’s will provide a discount coupon redeemable at participating locations upon their next visit. Denny’s will also donate $1 to No Kid Hungry every time the hashtag #ShareMySlam is shared on Twitter and Instagram, giving guests another way to help this important cause. To-date, Denny’s donated more than $3.3 million to No Kid Hungry.


If you need another reason to head to Denny’s, go for the pancakes! Denny’s is serving up “Free Pancakes for Kids” (ages 10 & under) all through September from 4-10 p.m. with the purchase of one adult entrée at participating locations. The pancakes—now with 50 percent fluffier—are featured throughout the kids menu and for the first time are offered in variety of new kid-sized signature dishes, including the Jr.Cinnamon Pancakes, Jr. Strawberries & Cream Pancakes and Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

After you eat, you can work off the sweet treats by volunteering at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, a No Kid Hungry partner.

Four Ways to Support the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Go Gleaning

What’s gleaning you ask? Glean means to harvest. Your family would go into the fields of local farmer and pick their extra or unmarketable produce. Gleaned produce is picked up at the farm, taken back to the Food Bank and then distributed to families in need.

Pack Produce

Produce to the People is the Food Bank’s large-scale produce distribution program. Volunteers help pack produce into household size portions, which are distributed at 17 different sites each month. Families receives 30-50 pounds of food, mostly fresh produce. It’s an additional resource to the local pantry, so families can utilize both. This is a great opportunity for face-to-face interactions with community members. Some volunteers assist families in transporting the items from the tables to their cars.

Sort and Pack

Volunteers sort and pack donated products to be distributed to a network of agencies and food panties.

Support Community Events

Over the course of the year, the Food Bank and its community partners organize special events in order to raise money to operate, such as Empty Bowls and Fall Food Share.

Want to sign up to volunteer? Email or call Beci Russell at VolOps@pittsburghfoodbank.org/412-460-3663 x301.

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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